Product Watch: FireWire Power For Your PowerBook
FireWire 2 Go
Newer Technology, Inc, better known for processor upgrades, has made a FireWire CardBus Card for Apple's new PowerBook computers.
Dubbed FireWire 2 Go, these cards enable the user to easily connect to any self-powered FireWire device including external hard drives and digital video cameras.
FireWire 2 Gop consists of a Type II card, a PC Card to FireWire dongle and an eight-foot 4-pin to 6-pin Firewire adapter cable (for DV cameras and camcorders).
Supplied software on CD-ROM includes Apple's FireWire 2.1 Installer and QuickTime Pro version 4. FireWire 2 Go supports Mac OS 8.6 or later.
The FireWire card automatically adjusts to the fastest available speed supported by the connected FireWire device ensuring the maximum performance and supporting transfer rates of 100Mb, 200Mb, and 400 megabits per second.
"The new PowerBook G3 Series offers creative professionals the ultimate combination of performance and mobility," said Greg Joswiak director of worldwide PowerBook product marketing. "With fireWire 2 Go and a PowerBook G3 Series, customers can now take advantage of a number of exciting FireWire solutions, such as combining a fireWire enabled digital camera with our new Final Cut Pro software to create a mobile video editing workstation."
FireWire 2 Go is compatible with Apple's second generation PowerBook G3 Series as well as future CardBus-enabled PowerBook G3 Series models running Mac OS 8.6 or later. A minimum CPU speed of 300Mhz is recommended
A recent MacAddict review gave FireWire 2 Go 4 addicts out of a possible 4 and said this about the product
"If you own a fast PowerBook and you're looking for FireWire to do your digital video, then you should rush right out and buy the FireWire 2 Go card"
and a recent MacNN review gave the product 4 stars out of a possible 5 and said this about FireWire 2 Go:
" Small faults aside, the FireWire 2 Go card achieves its goal of bring FireWire connectivity to your PowerBook; any PowerBook user looking to add FireWire doesn't have to look any further"
FireWire 2 Go MSRP: $149 .......... Check for lowest price
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